International Horticultural EXPO 2019 officially opened in Beijing
Implementing the AGENDA 2030: Modern horticulture for sustainable urban development – The importance of bees in our ecosystems
Hamburg/Beijing, 29 April 2019 – The International Horticultural Exhibition 2019 was officially opened today. This year's EXPO theme, Live Green, Live Better, reflects the AGENDA 2030 as adopted in New York in 2015 and focuses on how horticulture and green technologies could contribute to sustainable development in our cities. Germany will be presenting innovative ideas and technologies as well as novel approaches to horticulture at EXPO 2019. The German Garden is a project organised by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL).
At the official opening ceremony, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Ministry of Food and Agriculture and Commissioner-General in charge of the German contribution to the EXPO 2019 Hans-Joachim Fuchtel emphasised the global relevance of this year's EXPO theme: "The trend towards megacities and the impact this has on our ecosystems have forced us to come up with new ideas and solutions. Modern horticulture plays an important role in sustainable urban development. We are therefore delighted with the decision of the Chinese organisers to dedicate this year's EXPO to green living in general, and horticulture in an urban context in particular. Our German Garden exhibit is a showcase in ground-breaking methods and innovative ideas to help us make our cities more sustainable. The cooperation between our two countries in sustainable urban development further strengthens the friendship between Germany and China." An important cornerstone in this relationship is the German-Sino Agricultural Center (DCZ) established in 2015. German and Chinese universities are working together on other joint projects as well. In addition, the two countries have established close ties between departments and institutes at every government level regarding agricultural production and food.
Innovation driven by research and enterprise
Seeding the Future – measuring around two thousand square metres in area, the German Garden is showcasing Germany's determination to tackle ecological challenges and efforts towards greater sustainability with innovative ideas and technologies. The German Pavilion gives a first-hand impression of the horticultural capabilities of German research and technology. The kinetic plant displays along the façade of the German Pavilion are just one example of modern urban gardening. Visitors to the Pavilion can interact with individual exhibits using a "seedball" they can pick up at the entrance.
The exhibition in the German Pavilion also shows how ideas can become reality. One great example here is the successful metamorphosis of the city of Essen, once an industrial city and now one of the Green Capitals of Europe. Another part of the pavilion focuses on allotment gardens and their history in Germany going back to the 1800s. The third section of the pavilion focuses on bees and the important work of beekeepers. Several digital research projects in agriculture provide an insight into technologies that will shape our future. The very heart of our exhibition area shows a tranquil urban garden for visitors to stop, relax and leave the hustle and bustle of city life behind them for a while.
Exploring Germany's natural landscapes from the Alps to the North Sea
The German Pavilion is located in the middle of a garden landscape reflecting the beautiful natural areas of Germany in all their diversity. A walk through this garden is a journey through the landscapes of Germany, following a river that winds its way from its source high up in the Alps across the entire country to the North Sea and Baltic coast. Plants along the way represent the regional flora of the country.
German Garden organisation and design
The German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture contracted Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH with organising and managing the German Garden at EXPO 2019. The overall concept and architectural design were developed by a consortium of representatives from the communication agency Agentur für Kommunikation GmbH in Hamburg and the architectural firm gtp2 architekten based in Düsseldorf.
About EXPO 2019
The International Horticultural Exhibition 2019 is taking place from 29 April to 7 October 2019 in the Yanqing district, which is located right at the foot of the Great Wall of China about 75 km north-west of the city centre of Beijing. The EXPO 2019 site extends over 960 hectares, of which 500 hectares are used for exhibitions. Around a hundred countries are involved in the exhibits as are many international organisations, Chinese and international corporations, and around a hundred Chinese provinces, regions and municipalities.
Frank Bumann, Press Officer of the German Garden at the EXPO 2019 Beijing
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